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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff



In September 2020, it was announced that a spinoff of The Walking Dead focusing on Daryl Dixon was in the works. Since then, updates on the cast, plot, and potential release date have slowly been revealed. Inspired by characters and stories from Image Comics, the series follows the life of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as he tries to figure out how he ended up in Paris, France after leaving The Commonwealth to search for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff is one of three new spinoffs in The Walking Dead franchise set after the main show concluded. It will feature familiar faces and introduce new actors and characters.

Unlike other characters in The Walking Dead, Daryl’s journey has been unique and unpredictable since he doesn’t appear in the comics. However, his friendships with Rick and Carol have become fan favorites and an important staple in the series. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates suggest that the writers will continue to build on this while taking even bigger risks to make it stand out.

The most recent updates on The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff come in the form of behind-the-scenes photos and a teaser released during the premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead City. The teaser shows Daryl stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean, floating towards land, answering the question of how he ended up in Paris. Melissa McBride (Carol) was also seen in a photo, surprising fans who thought she wouldn’t be involved in the spinoff. Although McBride initially declined to continue working on a regular TV show, she could still appear in a flashback or hallucination.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff is set to release in Fall 2023, likely around October. Norman Reedus will lead the cast, but he is also joined by other talented actors like Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis. The series will have six episodes and take place a couple of months after The Walking Dead season 11 finale.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff will follow Daryl as he treks across France, trying to piece together how he got there while facing dangerous enemies. Reedus has confirmed that the series will differ a lot from The Walking Dead, stating that the tone is “kind of a reset” for the universe. The series could connect to other spinoffs, but it’s unclear how at this time.

In summary, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff promises to be a unique and exciting addition to The Walking Dead franchise, featuring familiar faces and new characters in a fresh setting. Fans can look forward to its release in Fall 2023.

After it was announced in September 2020 that it was in the works, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates about the cast, plot details, and a potential release date have slowly been revealed. Inspired by stories and characters from the Image Comics, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff follows the life of the zombie-apocalypse survivor, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), who is trying to work out how he ended up in Paris, France after he left The Commonwealth to find Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). It will be one of three new spinoffs in The Walking Dead franchise set after the main show concluded and will contain several familiar faces while also introducing a plethora of new actors and characters.


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Unlike the other characters in The Walking Dead, Daryl’s journey has been rather unique and unpredictable due to the fact that Daryl doesn’t appear in The Walking Dead comics. Although this was rather risky considering The Walking Dead’s dedicated fanbase, it paid off since Daryl’s friendships with Rick and Carol ended up becoming a favorite and important staple in the series. With The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates, it’s likely that the writers will continue to build off this while also taking even bigger and better risks to make it stand out above the rest.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff Latest News

An image of Daryl walking with his crossbow in The Walking Dead

The most recent The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon updates come in the form of some behind-the-scenes Daryl Dixon spinoff photos. What was shocking was that Melissa McBride (Carol) was in the photo. This specific photo was a shock to fans, who had mostly resigned themselves to the fact that Carol was not going to be involved in this Daryl Dixon spinoff series. Originally, it was supposed to be a show about Carol and Daryl, but actor Melissa McBride said she wasn’t wanting to keep working on a regular TV show and needed a break from this long journey. What this means for the season is unknown, although she could always appear as a hallucination or in a flashback.

There was also a Daryl Dixon spinoff teaser released during the premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead City. It didn’t show anything from Paris, but it did help answer the question of how did Daryl Dixon end up in France. Of course, the full answer will wait for the show to premiere, but it looks like he was stuck on a raft in the middle of the ocean as the floated toward land. When he ended up stranded in the ocean and how long his travels were is anyone’s guess.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff Release Date

An image of the Walkers walking together in a building in The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates reveal it is set to release in Fall 2023. While no specific date has been provided, it will be likely around October since this was usually when the main series premiered and the producers will likely want to give enough space between The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon and The Walking Dead: Dead City (which premiered on AMC/AMC+ on June 18 for six weeks). The teaser that hit during the Dead City premiere did say it was coming in the fall so that puts it premiering sometime between September and November.

Unlike the other Walking Dead spinoffs, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spin-off has been in development since 2020 (although it has experienced several setbacks). Initially, the producers had begun developing the spin-off with the intention of it following Carol and Daryl’s lives after The Walking Dead season 11 finale. However, they soon had to rethink their plans when it was announced that Melissa McBride exited The Walking Dead project in April 2022. After a couple of months, filming then began in October 2022, with the series set to have 6 episodes.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff Cast

Norman Reedus on his knees in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon

Although Norman Reedus’ will be leading the cast of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff after signing on to reprise his role as the eponymous zombie hunter, he is also joined by a plethora of talented actors. In November 2022, it was announced that Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis would be joining The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spin-off (via Variety). While Poesy is set to play Isabelle, a religious character that assists Daryl and is hiding a dark secret, Nagaitis has been cast to play Quinn, who is a powerful owner of an underground nightclub.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff cast also includes Anne Charrier, Eriq Ebanouey, Laika Blanc Francard, Romain Levi, and Louis Puech Scigliuzzi. While not much is known about their character backgrounds, they are set to play Genet, Fallou, Sylvie, Codron, and Laurent. According to Reedus, some familiar faces will also be making an appearance in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spin-off (via Screen Rant), so there’s a possibility that some Daryl could end up reuniting with Lincoln’s Rick or Gurira’s Michonne once his troubles in Paris have ended. It was also recently announced that Gilbert Glenn Brown as Jones signed on for a character named Jones.

In some fun The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates, there was a leaked behind-the-scenes photo that showed Melissa McBride in France during the show’s production. What this means is anyone’s guess, but it looks like Carol could show up in some manner in the new season, although that would have to be in the form of a flashback or hallucination since it seems unlikely she could find a way to get to Paris. Either way, it looks like Carol will be on the Daryl Dixon spinoff in some form.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff Story Details

An image of Daryl looking worried in The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon spinoff

Although there was much speculation about what the storyline of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff would focus on after the original plans had to be rewritten, AMC provided them with a few clues after they dropped the press release. This revealed The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’s official synopsis, which stated that the spinoff will follow Daryl as he treks across France while also struggling to piece together how he got there in the first place. While he will meet several allies, there are also a lot of dangerous enemies lurking in the shadows of Paris, who are desperate to stop him from making his way back home.

Since The Walking Dead’s season 11 finale, “Rest in Peace”, end with Daryl telling Carol that he was leaving the Commonwealth to go bring Rick and Michonne home for their children, Morgan and Judith, the series will take place a couple of months after that. Reedus has also confirmed that the six-part miniseries will differ a lot from The Walking Deadstating how the tone is “kind of a reset” for the universe (via Screen Rant).

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates also revealed that Melissa McBride is in France, and it looks like she might make an appearance in the series. It will likely be a flashback or hallucination, though, as there is not a realistic way Carol could have gotten to Paris. Also, a teaser released during the premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead City showed part of how Daryl ended up in Paris, as it showed him on a raft, floating across the ocean. This answers at least one question about the upcoming series.

How The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Could Connect To Other Spinoffs

A collage of Daryl Dixon, Rick Grimes, and Michonne in The Walking Dead

With The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon series being the fifth spinoff in The Walking Dead franchise, some fans may be wondering how this show will be connected to the other spinoffs. There have been some theories that Daryl’s presence in Paris would link to The Walking Dead: World Beyond since that spinoff established that the zombie virus and its variants potentially originated in France.

However, given that the synopsis states that Daryl is unsure of how he arrives in Paris in the first place, there are also some theories that the mysterious CRM could be involved in the Daryl Dixon spinoff since they have been hunting Rick and may not appreciate Daryl trying to get in the way of their plans. Reedus also stated that many familiar faces will be appearing in the Daryl Dixon spinoff, suggesting that the events in the series will also play an important part in the universe’s history and Rick & Michonne’s spinoff.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Spinoff Trailer

An image of Daryl sitting on a bike in The Walking Dead

One of the biggest The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff updates came in the form of a teaser that hit for the new show. This showed up during the season premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead Citywhich is the Maggie and Negan spinoff series. The biggest question was how Daryl Dixon ended up in Paris, and this teaser gives a little hint at that. It just showed one thing. Daryl Dixon floating on some sort of raft in the ocean, seemingly unconscious. However, the most exciting part was when it said it was coming in the fall.

With several of The Walking Dead spinoffs in various stages of development, the producers have released either trailers or behind-the-scenes clips. This also applied to The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff, as The Walking Dead HQ showed a brief behind-the-scenes video of how filming is going on (and hints as to what is in store for the character), tacked onto the end of the above teaser. From what the fans can see, Daryl appears to be traveling alone throughout Paris, France, which is overrun with Walkers. The streets also appear empty, which hints that the residents living there are hiding or plotting something secretly.

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